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Libero Chelsea Crocker receives a serve in the back row during the second set. Crocker is a Mater Dei graduate who played volleyball for Fred Rakers.

Brianna Whittington serves to Lewis and Clark in the second set.

Blue Angels Extend Streak to Eight

The Kaskaskia College Blue Angels celebrated "Fighting for Fred" night with a win in four sets over Lewis and Clark Community College Friday in Centralia.

Scores in the match were 25-21, 26-28, 25-12, 25-15.

Jessica Kasch led the Blue Angels with 11 kills. Kelsey Stauder had ten. Breese native and former Mater Dei Lady Knight Chelsea Crocker led the team with twenty digs. Highland graduate Alicia Halleman had thirty assists and also led KC with three aces.

Blue Angels Head Coach Kim Rahar says Kaskaskia lost some focus in the second set, and that is also happened earlier in the week. Rahar adds that the a lineup change in third set helped get KC back on track.

"That's something we struggled with on Wednesday, and then again tonight. To get the girls to come off the bench in that third set, kind of changed it up a little bit. They got the momentum. They were talking more. [It] just kind of shows everybody that anybody can step out on the court for us at any given time. Nobody has a spot out on the court."

It was "Fighting for Fred" night, and former Mater Dei volleyball coach Fred Rakers was in attendance. Rahar said the evening was a nice opportunity to honor a man who has helped the sport of volleyball in the region for countless years.

"He's given a lot to volleyball, not just at Mater Dei, but everywhere, and has influenced a lot of lives. So it was just our kind of way of telling him

'thanks.' You know, they [Mater Dei] are right down the road from us, so this is just our way of saying 'thanks.'"

The Blue Angels have now won eight straight games. They travel to the St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Monday.

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